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I don't have any engraved stamps to post, but ...
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Here's wishing a Merry Christmas to all of my philatelist friends at Stampboards.

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Child and Christmas tree, designed by Czech-born Austrian artist Alfred von Chmielowski (1896-1967), engraved by Ferdinand Lorber, and issued by Austria on November 30, 1953, Scott No. 590, SG No.538.

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By George, it's that pesky beastie again: Saint George and the Dragon, in gold, semi-postal stamps designed by German graphic artist Ernst Rudolf Vogenauer (1897-1972), engraved by Jan Piwczyk (1897-1972), and issued by Germany on October 1, 1943 to mark the 11th anniversary of the National Goldsmiths' Society, Scott Nos. B247 & B248, Michel Nos. 860 & 861.

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Thanks to everyone for some excellent recent posts. Here are the last three stamps from the 1984 Swedish towns set (see above). Sigtuna, the oldest city in Sweden (founded in 980) features in the old Norse sagas. Vadstena was where St Bridget (Birgitta) founded the first Bridgettine convent in 1350. Perhaps my favourite of this great set is the lovely image of Norrköping, showing the importance of water to the city: its harbour was very busy in earlier times and the strong flowing river powered many mills. making Norrköping a prominent textile town. Enjoy these wonderful engravings by Arne Wallhorn - and a Happy New Year!

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aardvark - Excellent images of some real "scenic" beauties.

Inspired by your images, I propose to make scenic stamps my posting theme for the month of January. Accordingly, in this and the next four posts, here are images of five stamps designed after sketches of views of Old Monaco by Monacan artist Hubert Clerissi (1923-2000), engraved by Czesław Słania, and issued by Monaco on May 25, 1992.

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National Council, Monaco Scott No. 1821.

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Port Fontvieille, Monaco Scott No. 1822.
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Condamine Market, Monaco Scott No. 1823.
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Sailing Ship, Monaco Scott No. 1824.
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Oceanographic Museum, Monaco Scott No. 1825.
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Great stamps everyone. :D
I wish more countries still use engraving, Malta's last engraved issue was in 1968!
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HalfpennyYellow - Thanks! Yes, it's a pity that the issuance of engraved stamps has been in decline everywhere over the past several decades. Any chance you could post images of some engraved Malta stamps from your collection?

Here is an image of a stamp depicting the State Theater, Linz, and masks, designed by Austrian graphic designer Ernst Schrom (1902-1969), engraved by Friedrich Teubel (1884-1965), and issued by Austria on October 17, 1953 to celebrate the theater's 150th anniversary, Scott No. 589, SG No. 537, plus a contemporary photo of the renovated building.

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Natural scenery: Here are images of a stamp depicting a view of the Tarn River limestone gorge, Lozère, designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon, and issued by France on July 10, 1965 to promote tourism, Scott No. 1128, Y&T No. 1428, plus a photo of a similar section of the gorge.

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Many thanks, Nethryk, for those great scenic images. I'm pleased to know that my images inspired you - it's usually the other way round. You must spend many of your waking hours posting images of your excellent collection of engraved stamps, but I, for one, am very grateful that you do. :D
I particularly like the images by Hubert Clerissi, who is a new name to me. His modern, 'spiky' style is a nice change from some of the more traditional engravings we are used to.
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The_Age_of_Love - Welcome to the ESB thread! Yugoslavia and its several former constituent countries have been woefully underrepresented here, so your posts will be sure to draw an appreciative audience.

aardvark - Posting images is really a piece of cake once one gets the hang of it. 8) I'll post images of more stamps designed after Hubert Clerissi's artwork soon.

Here are images of the three stamps in a set depicting scenic forests, designed by Adalbert Pilch, engraved by Rudolf Toth, and issued by Austria on October 12, 1962. In the following three posts, I will provide larger images of these stamps.

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Lowlands Forest, Austria Scott No. 685.
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Deciduous Forest, Austria Scott No. 686.
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Fir Larch Forest, Austria Scott No. 687.
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Wolfgang - Nice looking Austria stamp, but it's not intaglio (recess line) engraved. - nethryk
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Vietnam issued a handful of engraved stamps, including these two:

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Both were printed in Hungary.
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At last, a new engraved stamp.

On 26 November 2011 Brazil issued a postage stamp to celebrate the Centenary of the Birth of actor Mario Lago.

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Nguyen wrote:Vietnam issued a handful of engraved stamps, including these two:

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Both were printed in Hungary.
are you certain it was not the State Printers in Praha, Czechoslowakia??? Instead of Allami Nyomda...

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Here are images of the two stamps in a set depicting scenic views within Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, issued by Japan on March 1, 1955, Scott Nos. 607 & 608, SG Nos. C295 & C296.

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Edit - these were printed by lithogravure (offset), and not engraved. My apologies.

Architectural, rather than scenic, but here is the first of two postage stamps issued by Lithuana on 3 September 2011.

This is the Cathedral of Siauliai:
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Edit - these were printed by lithogravure (offset), and not engraved. My apologies.

This is the second of two postage stamps issued by Lithuana on 3 September 2011.

Churches of Lithuania - Trakai
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KevinHedley - Nice Cathedrals stamps from Lithuania, but they were printed by lithogravure (offset), and not engraved. Here is the URL for a relevant article at the Lithuania Philatelic Forum: http://lithuanianphilately.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=326

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nethryk wrote:KevinHedley - Nice Cathedrals stamps from Lithuania, but they were printed by lithogravure (offset), and not engraved. Here is the URL for a relevant article at the Lithuania Philatelic Forum: http://lithuanianphilately.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=326

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Thank you. I still have trouble getting it right. I have just copied quite a few new issues so hopefully will do better with those.

In the meantime, rather than remove the images, I will insert an appropriate comment.
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Langjökull (Icelandic for "long glacier") is the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2), after Vatnajökull. It is situated in the west of the Icelandic interior or Highlands of Iceland. Here are images of a stamp depicting a mound of stones and a view of Langjökull, designed by Þröstur Magnússon, engraved and printed by Courvoisier, S.A., and issued by Iceland on December 12, 1977 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Iceland Touring Association, Scott No. 503, Facit No. 564.

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On 23 June 2011 France marked the centenary of the birth of Georges Pompidou.

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The Czech Republic issued a postage stamp on 1 June 2011 to commemorate the 390th anniversary of the execution of 27 Czech Protestant leaders on the Prague's Old Town Square.

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Seeing that I had the greatest difficulty in obtaining details about the design I note that the graphic designer is Zdeněk Ziegler and the engraver is Václav Fajt.
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Here's another brilliant engraving by Slania. Issued by Sweden in 1992, this stamp is from a booklet set, 'Birds of the Baltic'. The bird is a black-tailed godwit, apparently. SG 1659. Facit 1762. According to Facit, this set was printed in Sweden for use in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 'to emphasize the solidarity between the four countries and the common responsibility for the environment and fauna of the Baltic'. This is the only stamp I have from this set. Anyone have the others?

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aardvark - This Sweden "Birds of the Baltic" booklet pane may well have been already posted elsewhere on Stampboards (probably in the "Birds" topical thread), but I'm just too lazy to search for it this morning, so here is an image of it for you anyway. All four stamps were designed by Martin Mörck, and engraved by him and three other engravers: Czesław Słania, Lembit Löhmus (an Estonian), and Lars Sjööblom, combined with lithogravure. This booklet pane was issued by Sweden on October 3, 1992, Scott Nos. 1975-78, Facit Nos. 1761-64. Similar booklet panes were also issued by three other Baltic states "to emphasize the solidarity between the four countries and the common responsibility for the environment and fauna of the Baltic" (per Facit), Estonia Scott Nos. 231-34, Latvia Scott Nos. 332-35, and Lithuania Scott Nos. 427-30.

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Here are images of a stamp depicting Mount Pelée, an active stratovolcano at the northern end of the island and French overseas department of Martinique in the Lesser Antilles, designed by Paul-Pierre Lemagny, engraved by Charles-Paul Dufresne, and issued by France on November 1, 1955, Scott No. 780, Y&T No. 1401, plus a photo of the volcano.

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nethryk - thanks for posting the 'Birds of the Baltic' set - spectacular! Interesting that Mörck designed the set. I often wonder how and where the designer's and engraver's skills divide, especially when the designer is a skilled engraver. Nice view of Martinique too.

kevinhedley - that Czech stamp with all those Protestants being massacred is amazing, if rather more bloody than we are used to here!
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aardvark wrote:nethryk - thanks for posting the 'Birds of the Baltic' set - spectacular! Interesting that Mörck designed the set. I often wonder how and where the designer's and engraver's skills divide, especially when the designer is a skilled engraver. Nice view of Martinique too.

kevinhedley - that Czech stamp with all those Protestants being massacred is amazing, if rather more bloody than we are used to here!
It would be lovely to have the bird set.

As far as the massacre, my first reaction is that nothing much changed over 300+ years. Here is the story suppled by Česká pošta:

The stamp commemorates the 390th anniversary of the execution of 27 Czech Protestant leaders on the Prague's Old Town Square. The mass execution of June 21st, 1621 became a symbolic end of the series of events that begun with the second defenestration of Prague on May 23rd, 1618, central to the start of the Thirty Years' War in 1618, and ended with the Protestant armies' defeat at the Battle on White Mountain near Prague, November 8th, 1620.
The execution was to become a shocking and frightening performance intended to prove to the contemporary Europe that the Habsburgs were not impressed by the leading Protestant aristocracy's revolt and that no rebellion, staged by Protestants, was able to jeopardize their authority. It led to a stronger position of the Habsburg dynasty on the Czech throne and suppression of any form of resistance on the side of a potential opposition.
A set of cobblestones, installed at the place where the scaffold (dismantled after the execution and given to the Prague's Monastery of Merciful Brothers) stood, commemorates the execution site and the sad end to the Czech Protestants' uprising.
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The Czech Republic celebrated 100 Years since Jan Kašpar's First Public Flight with a postage stamp issued on 1 June 2011. The graphic designer was Pavel Sivko and the engravers were Jaroslav Tvrdoň and Bedřich Housa.

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The story supplied by Česká pošta is:
Jan Kašpar (May 20th, 1883, Pardubice - March 2nd, 1927, Pardubice) was a Czech engineer, Czech aviation pioneer, most renowned member of the first group of Czech aviation builders and pilots. His pioneering long-distance flights made him particularly famous.
A mechanical engineering graduate from the Imperial and Royal Czech Technical University in Prague, Kašpar successfully completed a one-term programme at a higher car school in Germany and took up a job with Basse&Selve in Altena, Westfalia in 1908 where his interest in aviation began. After a short employment with Laurin&Klement in Mladá Boleslav he returned back to his native Pardubice and set up an aviation building business with his cousin Evžen Čihák. Both cousins went their own separate way after some time, however, with Evžen Čihák starting an independent business together with his brother Hugo.
Kašpar first construction was a monoplane after the Antoinette monoplane manufactured by French designer Latham. While he was still building the monoplane, he heard the news of Louis Blériot's first flight across the English Channel on July 25th, 1909. The news made him buy a Blériot XI (serial number 76) for 18 000 francs after he had found himself unable to take off his own model. The first engine he used in the Blériot was his own model, later replaced with an Anzani. Kašpar's first successful flight, covering 2 kilometres at a height of 20-25 meters, came on April 16th, 1910. He gained his first experience as a pilot during the next few months, and passed a pilot examination on June 16th, 1910.
In 1911 Kašpar performed the first flight in his own model fitted with a 70 HP Daimler engine and intended for a first long-distance flight in the Czech territory. The first test flight at a 400-meter height lasted 24 minutes and 23 seconds. Kašpar made another flight on the same day, April 30th, 1911, this time accompanied by his cousin Evžen Čihák as passenger.
Kašpar's highlight event, the famous Pardubice-Velká Chuchle flight (May 13th, 1911), covered 121 kilometres at about 800 meters above the ground in 92 minutes. The aircraft, donated by Kašpar to the Technical Museum of the Czech Kingdom (today's National Technical Museum in Prague) in 1913, is still on display.
Kašpar's next famous event was the first long-distance passenger flight. The Mělník-Chuchle flight lasted 41 minutes and 55 seconds; the passenger was Jaroslav Kalva, editor of the Národní politika daily.
Impoverished and suffering from mental disease, Kašpar committed suicide in 1927.
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Rein wrote:
Nguyen wrote:Vietnam issued a handful of engraved stamps, including these two:

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are you certain it was not the State Printers in Praha, Czechoslowakia??? Instead of Allami Nyomda...

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Malta's 1922 £1 black and carmine, issued to commemorate Malta's newly oblained self-government (1921).
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This design inspired the 1994-2008 Malta banknotes (before the euro currency change).

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From Monaco on 21 February 2011 there were two postage stamps issued to commemmorate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Aristide Maillol. The designer and line-engraver was Claude ANDREOTTO.

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Born in Banyuls-sur-Mer in 1861, Aristide Maillol was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the age of 20 where he studied under Antoine Bourdelle and the painter Alexandre Cabanel. Interested principally in painting and decorative art he finally turned to sculpture at the age of 40. The subject of all his work was the female body, with voluptuous rounded lines. The stamp portrays The Night, a work produced in 1909 which can be seen at the Louvre.
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Here is the sculptor:

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HalfpennyYellow - lovely stamp from Malta. Thanks for posting. According to SG all the rest of that series were typo-printed, only the one pound being engraved (recess) - I wonder why they did that. SG names the designer as C. Dingli but doesn't record who the engraver was. I assume the figure is a personification of Malta(?) but what on earth is the thing she is holding?
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Re: Engraved Stamp Beauties

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Here are two interesting engraved stamps from Australia, both showing the Parliament House in Canberra. This one (one of my favourite stamps) was issued in 1927 to mark the opening of the Parliament House. SG 105. The SG catalogue gives more printing detail than usual with British Commonwealth stamps: designer R. A. Harrison, die engraved J. A. C. Harrison, (Waterlow, London); plates and printing A. J. Mullett.

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This one (sorry it's a bit grubby) is from 1951, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Australia. SG 244. Designed and engraved by F. D. Manley.

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Re: Engraved Stamp Beauties

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HalfpennyYellow - Your Malta stamp is a real beauty. Thanks for posting an image of it.

aardvark - Nice Australia stamps, too. I believe that the subject of HalfpennyYellow's stamp is an allegorical figure of "Malta" holding a rudder, symbolizing that she is in control of her own destiny. Also, note that the main purpose of engraving on bank notes and stamps is related to security (i.e., to inhibit counterfeiting). As engraving is a much more expensive printing process that the alternatives, in the past some budget-minded postal authorities have opted at times to have only the highest values in a stamp set engraved.

KevinHedley - Claude Andréotto seems to be in especially good "form" on these two. :)

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Re: Engraved Stamp Beauties

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Here are images of a stamp featuring a view of Vézelay, a hill town commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France, famous for Vézelay Abbey. The town and the 11th century Basilica of St. Magdelene are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. This stamp was designed and engraved by René Cottet, and issued by France on July 20, 1946 as one of a set of four stamps promoting tourism, Scott No. 568, Y&T No. 591, plus a photo of modern Vézelay.

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I adore this stamp.. it's so precious.. From Mike Peters..
and there are Correos Espana that I adore - which pictures I can't find over net, and I don't have a scanner yet so I would just mention their names:

Sociedades Economicas de amigos del pais 1977. 4PTA
La catedral de Girona 1979. 8PTA

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The_Age_of_Love wrote:http://i.colnect.net/images/f/179/306/Stamp-Day.jpg
I adore this stamp.. it's so precious.. From Mike Peters..
and there are Correos Espana that I adore - which pictures I can't find over net, and I don't have a scanner yet so I would just mention their names:

Sociedades Economicas de amigos del pais 1977. 4PTA
La catedral de Girona 1979. 8PTA
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Sweden issued Europa postage stamps on 12 January 2012. They feature a panorama view of Stockholm with the Globe in the foreground and also a landscape from Dalarna. The design is by Jenny Burman and the engraver is Martin Mörck.

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